Author: Lo-Ching Chow

  • Air, Err, Heir

    Several weeks ago, I wrote about the apparently improving air quality of Beijing. Fast forward a few weeks, and the Chinese capital finds itself enshrouded in venomous smog. The calamity was not restricted to Beijing, either; most Chinese cities, including my current residence in the Middle Kingdom, Shanghai, were afflicted with a similarly thick blanket […]

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  • Incensed

    Within the domain of each individual’s idiosyncratic dreamscape, reality and fiction intermingle, giving birth to chimeras both wondrous and horrific. As images, thoughts, and occurrences of the day and week blend together in one’s sleep, Imagination takes hold, weaving the various strands of thought into a tapestry of one’s subconscious. Alas, for this week, my […]

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  • Meditation in the Mountains

    On December 2nd, I decided to retreat to the hot springs of Miaoli County in Taiwan with my mother. Nestled in the island’s lush mountains, Miaoli County is renowned for its diverse flora and fog-capped mountains. Here, clouds and fog mingle, as if an artist decided to have varied shades of white and grey cascade […]

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  • Therapy

    As many of you probably already know, moving to a new place presents numerous challenges and opportunities. Initially, as my study abroad advisor in college liked to emphasize, there will be a honeymoon stage in which everything about the new place seems fresh and exciting. It is only after this stage of ignorant bliss that […]

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  • Putting Tradition to the Test

    In the Chinese tradition, November 9th marks the beginning of winter (立冬 lì dong). Ask any traditional Chinese doctor and/or herbalist, or any devout believer of Chinese medicine, and you’ll hear the following exhortation at this time of the year: “November 9th is the beginning of winter. For the next two days, you should avoid […]

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  • Expectations

    This past Wednesday, I attended Jews in Shanghai, a musical that was ostensibly about the Jewish experience in China. However, as the play unfolded, it became quite clear that the Jewish characters were merely accessories to the play’s political message of Chinese nationalistic resistance to the Japanese occupation of Shanghai. The characters can be categorised […]

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